Martin Fikáèek

Current positions:
researcher and collection cutator, Department of Entomology, National Musuem in Prague
research associate, Charles University in Prague


Postal address:
Department of Entomology
National Museum in Prague
Cirkusova 1740
CZ-19300 Praha 9-Horni Pocernice
Czech Republic

Curriculum vitae:
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2003: defence of Bc.-Thesis: Commented Review of Immature!Stages of World Hydrophiloidea (Coleoptera: Staphyliniformia)
2006: MSc. degree, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; defence of MSc. thesis "Primary chaetotaxy of the head of the hydrophiloid beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea)"
2006-2010: PhD. degree, Department of Zoology, Charles University of Prague; defence of the PhD thesis "Taxonomy, phylogeny and fossil record of selected groups of water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea)". Supervisor: RNDr. Jakub Prokop, PhD. Oponents: Prof. M. S. Engel (University of Kansas, USA), Dr. Michael Balke (Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Germany)
2007: Michael Balke Lab (Zoologische Staatsammlung, München, Germany) - practice on molecular taxonomy (4 weeks)
2009: Andrew Short Lab (University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA) - taxonomy of Neo-tropical Hydrophilidae (5 weeks)

Proffesional experience
Curator of Polyneopteran insect orders at Department of Entomology, National Museum in Prague
Associate Researcher, Department of Zoology, Charles University, Prague
Adjunct Research Associate, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
Associate and Technical Editor, Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae (2005-present)
Associate Editor, Klapalekiana (journal of Czech Entomological Society) (2009-2011)
Subject editor for Hydrophiloidea, Zookeys (2010-present)
Journal referee:
Aquatic Insects, Annales Zoologici, Coleopterist´s Bulletin, Cretaceous Research, Current Zoology, European Journal of Entomology, Journal of Paleontology, Journal of Natural History, Klapalekiana, Koleopterologische Rundschau, Systematic Entomology, Turkish Journal of Zoology, Zootaxa.
Publications: see List of the scientific publications

2004: Synthesys grant: Taxonomy of the tribe Megasternini (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae) - fundings for the visit of the Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien.
2005-2006: Grant Agency of the Charles Evolutionary trends and biosystematics of the hydrophiloid beetles.
2006: Synthesys grant: Review of the Sphaeridiinae of New Caledonia - fundings for the visit of the Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien.
2007-2009: Grant Agency of the Charles University: Phylogeny and biodiversity of the hydrophiloid beetles: fossil versus recent taxa and larval versus imaginal morphology.
2007: Synthesys grant: Taxonomy of the Georissidae and selected groups of the Sphaeridiinae in Arabian Penninsula and Oriental/west-Pacific Regions - fundings for the visit of the Insitute Royal des Sciences Naturelles (Brussels) and Museum of central Africa (Tervuren).
2008: Synthesys grant: Fossil Hydrophilidae from Eocene amber of the Paris Basin - fundings for the visit of the Museum d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
2009-2011: Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Science: Comparative morphology of the fossil hydrophiloid beetles (Coleoptera) and their relevance for phylogeny reconstruction.
2009:Synthesys grant: Taxonomy and phylogeny of the selected groups of the hydrophilid tribe Megasternini (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) - fundings for the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2010: Synthesys grant: Revision of the fossil hydrophilid beetles from the Tertiary localities of Rott and Aix-en-Provence (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) - fundings for the visit of Museum of Natural History, London.
2009-2011: Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences: Comparative morphology of fossil Hydrophiloidea and their relevance for the reconstruction of the phylogeny (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea).
2012-now: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic: Ancient habitat shifts from water to dry land: phylogeny and biogeography of the Gondwanan Sphaeridiinae (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)
2013: Synthesys grant: Revision of the New Zealand Hydrophilidae from the collections of D. Sharp and T. Broun. - funds to visit the Museum of Natural History, London, UK

Insect Biodiversity (principal lecturer, Charles University, Prague)
Biology of Aquatic Animals (associated lecturer: lecture about aquatic beetles, Charles University in Prague)
Advanced Entomology (associated lecturer: lecture about relevance of fossil data for research of modern taxa, Masaryk University, Brno)
Field excursion instructor: Invertebrate systematics (Charles University in Prague)
Field excursion instructor: Biology of terrestrial ecosystems (Charles University, Prague)

Organized conferences
Immature Beetles Meeting 2007 (Prague, October 5-6, 2007)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2009 (Prague, October 1-2, 2009)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2011 (Prague, September 29-30, 2011)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2013 (Prague, October 3-4, 2013)

Visited congresses / meetings
2006:  International Staphylinid Meeting (Èeské Budìjovice, CZ)
VIII. European Congress of Entomology (Izmir, Turkey)
Immature Beetles Meeting (Praha, Czech Rep.)
2007: 22nd International Meeting on Staphylinidae (Stuttgart)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2007 (Prague)
2008: CETAF Meeting 2008 (Prague)
5. Bonner Paläoentomologen-Treffen (Bonn)
2009: Immature Beetles Meeting 2009 (Prague)

Field Experience
2000: southwestern Bulgaria (2 weeks)
2001: eastern Turkey (4 weeks)
2002: western and northwestern India (6 weeks)
2003: Argentina (5 weeks)
2006: Ecuador (5 weeks)
Turkey (1 week)
2008: northeastern India (5 weeks)
2010: New Zealand (1 week)
2011: southern China (Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan) (4 weeks)
2012: eastern Cuba (4 weeks)
New Zealand (4 weeks)
2013: southern China (2 weeks)
Chile (5 weeks)

Collections visited
Canadian National Collection, Ottawa (Canada)
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa (Canada)
Capital Normal University, Beijing (China)
Cornell University Insect Collection, Ithaca (USA)
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (USA)
Institute Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Bruxelles (Belgium)
Institute of Entomology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (China)
Institute of Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing (China)
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Santiago de Chile (Chile)
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid (Spain)
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Boston (USA)
Natural History Museum, London (UK)
Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien (Austria)
Museum d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russia)
Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren (Belgium)
Slovenské národné muzeum, Bratislava (Slovakia)
Senckenberg Research Institute, Research Station Grube Messel
Steinmanns Institut für Paläontologie, Universität Bonn (Germany)
University of Kansas, Museum of Natural History, Lawrence (USA)
Termeszéttudomanyi Muszeum, Budapest (Hungary)
Zoological Museum of China, Beijing (China)
Zoologische Staatssammlung, München (Germany)

Updated: December 31, 2013